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Exit poll: Cotton, Pryor voters split by race

By the Associated Press

Here are some of the key findings from preliminary results of the exit poll in Arkansas today:

SENATE

COTTON STRENGTHS: Republican Tom Cotton, who tried throughout the campaign to link Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor to President Barack Obama, ran strong among white and older voters, those who strongly disapproved of Obama's performance, and those who said foreign policy was the most important issue facing the country, according to preliminary results of an exit poll conducted for AP and the television networks. Cotton emphasized foreign policy, an area where Republicans believed he had an advantage because of his background serving in the Army in Iraq and Afghanistan.

PRYOR STRENGTHS: Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor fared well among black voters, those who identified as moderate or liberal and those who approved of Obama. He also had strong support among voters who said immigration was the most important national issue. Pryor tried to cast Cotton as out of touch with the state, including highlighting his votes against the farm bill.

NATIONAL ISSUES: The economy was cited by the most voters as the most important national issue, followed by health care, immigration and foreign affairs.

ONWARD TO 2016

When asked if former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would make a good president, about 4 in 10 said yes, while about half said former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee would be a good president.

GOVERNOR

HUTCHINSON STRENGTHS: Republican candidate Asa Hutchinson did well among white voters, those over age 65 and those earning more than $50,000 a year. He also gained support from Tea Party advocates and those who disapprove of Obama.

ROSS STRENGTHS: Democrat Mike Ross fared well among black voters, people made less than $30,000 a year and those who felt the country was on the right track. He also got the support of those who were angry at Republicans in Congress and those who thought health care was the biggest issue facing the nation.

GEOGRAPHY: Ross was fared well in the urban center of Pulaski County, which includes Little Rock, while Hutchinson ran well in the suburbs.

The survey of 2,057 Arkansas voters was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research. This report includes preliminary results from interviews conducted as voters left a random sample of 35 polling places statewide Tuesday, as well as 442 who voted early or absentee and were interviewed by landline or cellular telephone from Oct. 29 through Nov. 4. Results for the full sample had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points; the margin of error is higher for subgroups.

The survey of 2,057 Arkansas voters was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research. This includes preliminary results from interviews conducted as voters left a random sample of 35 polling places statewide Tuesday, as well as 442 who voted early or absentee and were interviewed by landline or cellular telephone from Oct. 29 through Nov. 4. Results for the full sample were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups.

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